health system innovation

Dr. Jack Resneck

That’s why we’re investing so heavily in the innovation space...we look at physicians and how they’re spending their days. The amount of time they’re spending clicking away on their EHRs, wasting time – we think we can help fix it. It’s been a lot of years of other people not fixing it. We think it’s time for physicians to actually be in the rooms helping to make those solutions.
— Dr. Jack Resneck

Sounds to me like physicians are a little disappointed in health tech. Don’t get me wrong. This is not another ‘digital health snake oil’ controversy. (Although we do go there…)

Instead, my main takeaway from this conversation with Dr. Jack Resneck, Chairman of the Board for the AMA, is that physicians don’t exactly feel included or engaged in the tech revolution happening in healthcare.

In short, while docs are excited about innovation, it seems they don’t feel heard. So much so that the AMA has created its own Silicon Valley-based investment fund called Health2047 to prioritize solution development for what physicians have deemed the biggest systemic issues in healthcare. What’s out there is just missing the mark and, more importantly, the practicing physician perspective on what problems need to be solved in the first place.

I open this interview by asking Dr. Resneck what digital health entrepreneurs and health tech startups can do to work more effectively with physicians. The answer it seems is as simple as, ‘just ask your doctor.’

Rasu Shrestha

This is about us saying, look, healthcare shouldn’t just be limited to the bricks-and-mortar hospitals that we’ve known it to be…but really healthcare should happen where consumers eat, work, live, and play.
— Rasu Shrestha

If you’re in healthcare, you need to understand the ‘consumer health movement’ and how it’s going to basically change everything about the business of care delivery. Lucky for us, Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer of health-system/payer-system giant UPMC can break it down.

The macroeconomics of shifting risk from insurers to providers and consumers…check. Business model implications…check. Tips to avoid BAD business model implications…check. How the ‘free the data’ movement (which is calling for more open access between patients and their medical record information) feeds into all this…yeah, he covers that too AND talks about the kinds of startups he’s hoping will help usher in this new era of healthcare.